The Comedians
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The humorous title of this story taken from the novel by Graham Greene gives the viewer the wrong impression. The story concerns the residents of a once-posh hotel in Haiti and the fate of the country's people under the despotic dictator Papa Doc Duvalier. Martha (Elizabeth Taylor) is the philandering wife of a South American ambassador Peter Ustinov. She seeks solace in the arms of hotel-owner Brown (Richard Burton), whose main focus is to keep making improvements on his crumbling building. Alec Guinness plays Jones, the suave charlatan who claims to be a retired military officer to hide… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At such moments of transcendent drama -- and there are enough to make it worthwhile -- The Comedians is easily forgiven its other sins."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It is conventional and obvious, indeed, and is rendered no better or more beguiling by some rather superfluous additions of amorous scenes."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"At 156 minutes, it seems interminable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A plodding, low-key, and eventually tedious melodrama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie tries to be serious and politically significant, and succeeds only in being tedious and pompous."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Far more interesting to deconstruct than to watch."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A sadly inept adaptation of Graham Greene's novel."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Uninspired political drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Underrated version of Graham Greene's novel with a strong cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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